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Match Preview: Forest Green Rovers vs Macclesfield Town

29 December 2019

Macclesfield Town make the journey south to Gloucestershire this afternoon as we prepare to take on promotion hopefuls Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn.

Whilst Rovers come into the game in a playoff position, their recent form has coincided with a steady slide down the Sky Bet League Two standings; and Daryl and the team will no doubt be looking to continue our unbeaten stretch come 3:00pm.

Recent Form

A goalless draw away to bottom side Stevenage Town on Boxing Day followed a draw against top of the table Swindon last Saturday; demonstrating just how inconsistent Forest Green’s form has been of late.

The Silkmen also recorded a Boxing Day draw, a 1-1 stalemate against Grimsby Town, to extend our drawing streak to five matches ahead of this weekend.

Last Time Out

Our last visit to the New Lawn came at the backend of last season as we fell to a 2-0 defeat courtesy of goals from Christian Doidge and Joesph Mills.

We fared better at the Moss Rose in the 2018/19 campaign, as Scott Wilson netted to recover a draw following a Dayle Grubb opener.

Ones to Watch

Forest Green’s dangerman so far this campaign has undoubtedly been midfielder Joseph Mills.

Whilst he can also operate in defence, Mills leads Forest’s scoring and assist charts with eight goals and four assists this season.

Jack Aitchison has also been a key player for Rovers this campaign, with the Celtic loanee netting five goals and providing a further three assists.

View From The Touchline

Silkmen Head Coach Daryl McMahon spoke of the upcoming game following our Boxing Day draw, and was quick to highlight the potential threat Forest Green are capable of posing this afternoon.

"I think they could be in the top three come the end of the season, they are a top side at this level", he said.

"But everyone knows we are hard to beat. We work hard, we are organised and we are diligent in our work; and we are going to come up with a game plan to try and perform."

Meanwhile, Rovers manager Steve Cooper had this to say after his side's latest stalemate:

“We didn’t play well, individually, kept a clean sheet, so that’s a bonus. But we need to be better than that.

“People will probably talk about formations, tactics, but none of them matter if your desire and quality is not much as the opposition’s, then you’ll struggle to win a game.”

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